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Literary Theory (Blackwell Guides to Literature)

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Publisher Comments:

More than eighty years ago, the English literary critic, I. A. Richards, spoke of a “chaos of critical theories,” an assessment that would not be wide of the mark in the early years of the twenty-first century. This innovative guidebook introduces readers to the sometimes forbiddingly arcane world of literary theory, focusing on its fundamental concepts, and the most prominent and influential theoretical figures and movements.

The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory:

  • Explores the rise of literary theory from the late nineteenth century to the dawning of the twenty-first

  • Outlines the major movements of literary theory, among them Deconstruction, Marxist theory, New Historicism, and Reader-Response theory

  • Includes alphabetically organized biographies of key figures, from Adorno to Žižek

  • Offers a number of exemplary theoretical readings of literary texts, including Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse, and Midnight's Children

  • Features an in-depth glossary of complex theoretical terms, and useful suggestions for further reading.

Book News Annotation:

Writing mainly for undergraduate students who have not encountered literary theory before, Castle (English literature, Arizona State U.) focuses on fundamental concepts and the most prominent and influential theoretical movements. He traces the history of literary theory from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, looks at movements and at particular figures, and ends with theoretical readings of a variety of literary texts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Gregory Castlersquo; s Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory is based on the premise that the best way for literature students to learn about theory is to offer them a number of contexts in which to study it. Castle provides a brief history of literary theory in the twentieth century as well as a series of alphabetically organized entries on key figures, from Adorno to Zcaron; izcaron; ek, giving students a sense of the wide range of thinkers who have contributed to literary theory. At the center of the Guide are detailed descriptions of the major movements of literary theory, from cultural studies to feminism to postcolonialism, which gives students a sense of its scope and diversity. The book also provides a number of exemplary readings of literary texts, including Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, Mrs Dalloway and Midnight's Children. Each of these texts is interpreted using several theoretical approaches, demonstrating different ways of performing literary analysis. The Guide also includes an in-depth glossary and helpful suggestions for reading with theory.

Synopsis:

This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis.

  • Designed to be used alongside primary theoretical texts as an introduction to theory or alongside literary texts as a model for performing literary analysis.
  • Presents a series of exemplary readings of particular literary texts such as Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse and Midnight's Children.
  • Provides a brief history of the rise of literary theory in the twentieth century, in order that students understand the historical contexts for different theories.
  • Presents an alphabetically organized series of entries on key figures and publications, from Adorno to Žižek.
  • Features descriptions of the major movements in literary theory, from critical theory through to postcolonial theory.

About the Author

Gregory Castle is Professor of English Literature at Arizona State University. His previous books include Modernism and the Celtic Revival (2001), Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2001), and Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (2006).

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction:.

Part II: The Rise of Literary Theory:.

Timeline.

Part III: Scope of Literary Theory Critical Theory:.

Cultural Studies.

Deconstruction.

Ethnic Studies.

Feminist Theory.

Gender and Sexuality.

Marxist Theory.

Narrative Theory.

New Criticism.

New Historicism.

Postcolonial Studies.

Postmodernism.

Poststructuralism.

Psychoanalysis.

Reader-Response Theory.

Structuralism and Formalism.

Part IV: Key Figures in Literary Theory:.

Theodor Adorno.

Louis Althusser.

Mikhail Bahktin.

Roland Barthes.

Jean Baudrillard.

Walter Benjamin.

Homi Bhabha.

Pierre Bourdieu.

Judith Butler.

Hazel Carby.

Hélène Cixous.

Teresa De Lauretis.

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari.

Paul De Man.

Jacques Derrida.

Terry Eagleton.

Frantz Fanon.

Stanley Fish.

Michel Foucault.

Henry Louis Gates.

Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar.

Stephen Greenblatt.

Stuart Hall.

Donna Haraway.

bell hooks.

Linda Hutcheon.

Luce Irigaray.

Wolfgang Iser.

Fredric Jameson.

Julia Kristeva.

Jacques Lacan.

Jean-François Lyotard.

J. Hillis Miller.

Edward Said.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Elaine Showalter.

Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak.

Raymond Williams.

Slavoj Zizek.

Part V: Reading with Literary Theory:.

William Shakespeare, Tempest.

John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.

Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”.

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

James Joyce, Ulysses.

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

W. B. Yeats, “Leda and the Swan”.

Samuel Beckett, Endgame.

Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.

Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus.

Conclusion: How to Read Theory.

Recommendations for Further Study.

Glossary.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631232728
Author:
Castle, Gregory
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Criticism -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary & Cultural Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Theory
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Guides to Literature
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
356
Dimensions:
237.2 x 160 x 25.4 mm 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Gregory Castlersquo; s Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory is based on the premise that the best way for literature students to learn about theory is to offer them a number of contexts in which to study it. Castle provides a brief history of literary theory in the twentieth century as well as a series of alphabetically organized entries on key figures, from Adorno to Zcaron; izcaron; ek, giving students a sense of the wide range of thinkers who have contributed to literary theory. At the center of the Guide are detailed descriptions of the major movements of literary theory, from cultural studies to feminism to postcolonialism, which gives students a sense of its scope and diversity. The book also provides a number of exemplary readings of literary texts, including Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, Mrs Dalloway and Midnight's Children. Each of these texts is interpreted using several theoretical approaches, demonstrating different ways of performing literary analysis. The Guide also includes an in-depth glossary and helpful suggestions for reading with theory.
"Synopsis" by , This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis.

  • Designed to be used alongside primary theoretical texts as an introduction to theory or alongside literary texts as a model for performing literary analysis.
  • Presents a series of exemplary readings of particular literary texts such as Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, To the Lighthouse and Midnight's Children.
  • Provides a brief history of the rise of literary theory in the twentieth century, in order that students understand the historical contexts for different theories.
  • Presents an alphabetically organized series of entries on key figures and publications, from Adorno to Žižek.
  • Features descriptions of the major movements in literary theory, from critical theory through to postcolonial theory.

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